The Indie Rock Hit Parade has always been proud to be a nighttime show on XPN, but do we dare go even LATER? Join host Eric Schuman (that’s me) each and every Friday night for a full two-hour show, now and forevermore at the new time of 11pm! This week, starting at 11pm, we’ll conclude our survey of the best indie releases of 2014. Also on this week’s show, starting at 11pm, we’ll have an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with the multimedia supergroup TEEN MEN (featuring members of The Spinto Band & Strand Of Oaks)! Don’t miss these tracks and more on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm:
Even the most casual fan of Canadian indie pop torch-bearers Stars has to pick up on the band’s evident reverence for the music of Morrissey and The Smiths. So it’s totally fitting that, when Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman of the band stopped by Dan Reed’s show on WXPN this Wednesday for the Like A Version segment, they unpacked an acoustic guitar and dusted off a Smiths classic. After the jump, listen to their rendition of “What Difference Does It Make?” from The Smiths’ self-titled 1984 album, and listen to their full conversation with Dan Reed. Continue reading →
We’re back to full power on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! That is, we’ve got a full two-hour show to share with you starting at 10pm on XPN. Tonight, we’ll spotlight the new album from Zammuto, the solo project of Nick Zammuto (ex-The Books) and hear brand new tracks from TV On The Radio, Lia Ices, The New Pornographers and more!
Canadian indie-rock outfit Stars have just released a new video for their latest single, “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” The video, directed by directed by George Vale and Torquil Campbell (of Stars), is described, by Campbell, as something “that celebrate[s] the following things: 1. Being yourself 2. Being someone else 3. Being fucking fabulous 4. Showing up, putting on your heels and staying alive.” “Hold On When You Get Love” is the newest material from the band since their 2012 full-length, The North. In addition to releasing the video, Stars have also announced a string of US tour dates this coming fall. The Canadian quintet will be making a stop in Lancaster, PA for a show at The Chameleon Club on October 2nd. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, June 29th, at 10am. Find more info here, and watch the video for “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It”, below.
All photos by Michelle Montgomery | MichelleMontgomeryPhotography.com
It’s safe to say that most Stars fans came to The Trocadero last night expecting a set of broken love ballads to sway with their partners to, but the Canadian indie pop band kicked off their North American tour with anything but. With a stage decorated with not one, but four (!) disco balls and a little 80’s Aretha Franklin to get the crowd pumped up, lead singers Amy Milan and Torquil Campbell danced onto the stage decked out in retro studded vests and denim blazers.
Picking through ten years of material, the 22-song set started out heavy on Stars latest release, The North, but paid homage to long time fans as well. After “Backlines,” Campbell was gracious to the crowd for being so “fucking genuine and beautiful.” Before playing “Personal” (which he called “the most depressing song ever written”) he said this would be the first time the band would perform the song in five years. While Stars had originally set the tone for the show to be one big dance party, Campbell and Milan indulged fans who wanted to get a little sentimental, focusing on themes like love, beauty, and youth. Continue reading →
Following up on their their well-recieved 2012 LP The North, Montreal synth pop outfit Stars bring their live show to Philly tonight for a date at The Trocadero with Milo Greene. With a brighter and more positive sound and outlook than their brooding 2010 release The Five Ghosts, the new songs should work well towards warming the crowd on a chilly Wednesday night. Los Angeles indie group Milo Greene opens, tickets and information can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the band perform “The North” live at Tornto radio station The Edge.
Montreal’s Stars will still be celebrating the success of their 2012 LP The North when they hit The Trocadero on March 6th before a world tour and Coachella slot. The North is the band’s seventh studio album and pits their top-notch songwriting against exquisite, eighties inspired melodies that, while upbeat and catchy, explore important truths about love, relationships and time.
We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to this all-ages show with Milo Green – leave a comment below with one song (old or new) you hope Stars play at their Trocadero show and we’ll pick a winner on Thursday. Make sure to leave a working email address along with your first and last name so we can contact if you win (email address will not be made public). Listen back to Stars’ World Cafe session from December 2012 here and download a free EP below. Continue reading →